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There has been a lot of publicity about the book written by James Comey after he was fired by President Trump.

As one who served his coIuntry in both the military and the US Senate as a young man, I applaud Comey's patiotism. It is unfortuate that Trump subjected him to such abuse. The book is worth reading for all of those who who value servvice to our country.

It is disturbing to many of us that President Trump is so opposed to immigrants. He himself is the grandson of German immigrants. I have noticed that most of the people who clean and maintain the hotels we stay in are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. The same is true of the apartments I have leased in Northern Virginia.

In my home town of Asheville, North Carolina a group of people created a safe haven for immigrants after an ICE raid and arrest of some immigrants. It was the subject of an extensive article in the Asheville-Citizen-Times. The local citizens held a drive to collect food and clothing for those local immigrants.

President Trump has recently been attacking Amazon.com because it is owned by Jeff Bezos. There is no indication that Bezos has changed the editorial policy of the Washington post.

I have read the Post every day since I’ve moved to Washington as a law student and worked on the midnight  shift  of the Capitol police force. That happened a few months after President John F Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

I always felt that the Post was a liberal newspaper. The recent movie “The Post” told the story very well. The Washington Post heroically stood  up to the pressure of President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

However,  I always respected the Post  editorial policy.  In addition to its liberal columnists it had two very fine conservative columnists.  One was  George Will and the other was Charles Krauthammer. There is no indication that Bezos has changed the editorial policy of the Post.  

However, this has not kept Trump from repeatedly attacking Amazon.com on Twitter.

Michael R. McLeod

On the 50th anniverity of the assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King, my mind goes back to that time. I had just graduated from law school and passed the bar in 1967. I had gotten a deferrment from the madatory draft by joining the DC National Guard in Washington, DC. I had worked my way through law school by serving on the midnignt shift of the US Capitol Police Force. While I was going through basic traininng at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, I recieved a call that I had passed the bar. I was happy to be back in Washinton DC to work in my first job as a lawyer, serving as Legislative Assitant to Senator Herman Talmadge of Georgia.

I was invited to attend a large banquet presided over by Vice President Hubert Humphrey, we had sat down for the banquet meal and speeches. However, as soon as the banquet begun Humphrey rose to announce that Martin Luther King had been shot and the banquet was called off. That was on April 4, 1968. There had already been civil unrest in some other major cities.

Therefore, when I returned to my appartment I took off my rented tuxedo and put on my army fatiques. My military pollice unit would serve as the first line of defense in the case of civil unrest. As I related in my book, "the Death of Civility and Common Sense", when my unit was riding in the back of jeeps to our stations in fire departments around the city, a well dressed black man rushed out to beg for our help. He said "please help me, these boys are  burning down my store". However, our commander insisted we go to our destination of a fire station in another part of the city. I will always remember that guy's face.

A few years laterI would get to know Dr. King's father, Martin Luther King Senior. In those days Congress would take extended summer recesses. As an unmarried senior staff member I would be sent to Atlanta to manage Senator Talmadge's Atlanta office. That is how I got to know Martin Luther King Senior, the long time pastor of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church. We worked together in community meetings to enhance the lives of his parishoners. He was a grand old gentleman who never expressed bitterness or hatred.  He was always focused on serving his flock. He lived to the grand old age of 85.  He was known by everyone as “Daddy King”.

I never had the opportunity to meet Martin Luther King Jr. ,but I have read a lot about him. Both men ebodied the principles that have made this county great. These principles would help us return to civilty and common sense.

It has been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. He was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. As I described in my book "The Death of Civility and Common Sense" this precipitated the riots in Washington. I was attending a big dinner when we got the news. Vice President Humphrey got up and announced the news. I went home and took off my rented tuxedo and put on my Army fatigue uniform. As a member of the DC Nstional Guard I knew I would be called up.  Dr. King died on April 4, 1968.

Sure enough, I was called up and stationed in a fire house. My job was to help protect the firemen who were stationed in areas of the city where fires wer being set. I t seemed like forever before I was alowd to return my new job as legislative assitant to Senator Herman Talmadge. I had graduated from law school and passed the bar in 1967. I got the good news of passing the Bar while  I was undergoing my basic Army training in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Eventully I was allowed to return to my job in the Senate. In those days Congress would go on extended summer recesses. I would traved to Atlanta to manage Senator Talmadge's Atlanta office. There I got to know Martin Luther King Senior. We worked together in community meetings. He was a fine old man who never seemed bitter or radical. He was the pastor of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church and lived to be 85. I never got to meet Martin Luther King Jr. but I have read a lot about him. Both men embody the principles that have this country great.  These prinicples would help us return to civliity and common sense

 

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